India is willing to evacuate Pakistani students stranded in China as its government has decided not to fly them back.
Bengaluru: There seems to be a renewed ray of hope for the stranded Pakistani students in China. It might be recalled that that the Pakistani government has decided not to fly back these students, in their touted gesture to show solidarity with the coronavirus affected students of China.
But in what comes as a phenomenally humanitarian gesture, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has expressed its willingness to fly these students back, provided they get a request from Pakistan.
Reports are that external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated India’s offer for the unlucky students.
A few days ago, Dr Zafar Mirza, special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, had said that Pakistan has decided not to evacuate its nationals from China in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He had reportedly added, "We believe that right now, it is in the interest of our loved ones in China (to stay there). It is in the largest interest of the region, world, country that we don't evacuate them now."
Quite naturally, its citizens in the strife-hit area of China are vexed.
In several videos that have appeared, its students can be seen lamenting the Pakistan’s disastrous move.
India’s move to send flights to protect its citizens shows its courage and resolve to go the extra mile, just to ensure its citizens are not troubled.
According to Chinese state media, at least 600 people have died and thousands have been infected in China by the new coronavirus, according to new figures from China's health officials, with thousands more suspected of having the virus.
Several countries are planning to impose more restrictions on their citizens travelling to China.
Most of the latest fatalities are from Hubei province, the capital of which - Wuhan - is the epicentre of the outbreak, but cases of infection have been reported in with more than 20 countries around the world.
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Last Updated Feb 7, 2020, 12:46 PM IST